It’s Thanksgiving and I have to wonder – for the first time ever – can you carve turkey without a knife? Could cranberries be weaponized? Do basters ever get shoved where the sun don’t shine? You don’t need a crystal ball to see that this holiday is going to be contentious for some families. Sure, there’s always been that drunk uncle (usually me) who pushes the political envelope a little too loudly. But this year a lot of tables are going to be elbow to elbow in “drunk uncle” bravado and there’s plenty of topical fuel to exacerbate the sparring. Especially if you find yourself a blue sheep in a mostly red flock (or vice versa). Thank God there’s pie.
Food fights are, of course, the opposite of what Thanksgiving is supposed to represent. One solution is to announce early in the celebration that any mention of politics at the table risks a pie to the face. That’s certainly a humorous way to make an important point. But I have to wonder, does swallowing your principles lead to indigestion? Still, how much talking turkey is too much talk from turkeys?
It’s not going to be an issue at my table. My social circle is well-honed and that’s just fine with me this year. Thanksgiving should be a time to gather together friends and family and express our gratitude. Which is hard to do if you spend most of the meal enraged or courageously trying to avoid unpleasant topics. As unappetizing as confrontation is, sometimes the loudest noise in the room is all the stuff that remains undigested.
Thank God There’s Pie
Still, I can imagine how things might go in some households and it worries me. President Trump has already divided this country in ways I never imagined possible in the hope-filled Obama years. I hate to think he could ruin Thanksgiving as well. But I can hear it all in my head (if not at my table). One side of the argument usually starts with “I’m not racist, but…”. The other side of it ends in self-righteous finger-pointing. Neither action is very productive because the minute you start saying things like “Shame on our country” or “It’s about time” you’re immediately placing more importance on your opinion than on those of your friends or family. You’re also making assumptions; the sad state of our nation clearly shows Americans are not unanimous – even on Thanksgiving.
Which is a very hard thing to be thankful for. Thank God there’s pie. GREG